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Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto Might Not Be So Bad

Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Andre Berto pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Las Vegas. The pair are scheduled to fight Saturday for Mayweather's WBC and WBA Super World welterweight titles.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Andre Berto pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Martin Rogers, BOXING JUNKIE

 

 

LAS VEGAS (BoxingJunkie.com) — In the case of The People v. Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto, held this week in the court of public opinion, it hasn’t even been close.

One by one, the jabbing blows of criticism have piled up without much in the way of contradiction, seeming to amass a mountain of evidence that Saturday night’s welterweight contest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be a sham and not a show.

The theory is consistent: Berto is no match for pound-for-pound champion Mayweather, and the whole thing is a waste of time and pay-per-view money.

But boxing, for all its contradictions and frustrating obsession with politics and business over entertainment, is nothing if not capable of bouncing off the canvas just at the moment when it finds itself under greatest threat.

Mayweather may be at his most content when thumbing through vast wads of cash and living up to his “Money” persona. Yet while he gives a good impression of caring nothing for the sensitivities and satisfaction level of those who purchase his fights, that apathy is something of a front.

 

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